A former Golden Beaver had several golden moments halfway across the world last month.
Jordan Tyjeski, a former standout athlete at Beaver Dam High School, won three gold medals and set a national record at the Kettlebell Sport World Championships on Oct. 12-13 in Daugavpils, Latvia.
Tyjeski, who earned 11 varsity letters for the Golden Beavers before graduating in 2015, established a new national mark in the 16-kilogram two-arm long cycle in the amateur division.
The 21-year-old began using kettlebells with her father Jerome, the owner of Tyjeski Family Chiropractic in Beaver Dam. She began serious training for kettlebell competition a year ago while living in Chicago.
She is now pursuing a career as a mortician with Cress Funeral Homes in Madison.
Tyjeski was one of 32 athletes from Team USA, competing in Latvia against a field of more than 600 athletes from 30 countries. The competition included professional, amateur, junior and veteran divisions, with each division broken out into various weight classes. Tyjeski competed in the amateur division.
Amateurs use 16-kilogram (35-pound) bells, whereas professionals use 24-kilogram (52-pound) implements. She competed in the snatch and two-arm long cycle amateur events, as well as a 20-kilogram (44-pound) exhibition event.
Tyjeski secured the gold medal in the snatch with 201 reps, edging the runner-up by two. The snatch is a 10-minute competition where athletes bring the 16-kilogram kettlebell from a swing between their legs to an overhead lockout in one motion. They can switch hands one time, but if they set the kettlebell down, they are done.
Tyjeski had a similar dramatic victory in the two-arm long cycle, where she set the national record. She completed 116 reps, just one ahead of the runner-up. The two-arm long cycle involves a clean motion where both kettlebells are brought between the athletes’ legs then up to their chests, then a jerk pushing the bells above their heads. Similar to the rules of the snatch, if the bells touch the ground, the judges stop counting reps.
An hour later, Tyjeski won the exhibition gold in the two-arm long cycle with 70 reps.